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Drury Students Bring Art to Springfield's Homeless

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A handful of graduate students are helping brighten the spirits of some of Springfield's homeless.

KSMU's Matt Petcoff has the story...

Creating a better sense of community in Springfield is something Rebecca Burrell is very passionate about.

And, as a teacher in the School of Education and Child development at Drury University, she gets her chance to shape the community in many ways.

Beginning in 2001, Burrell designed a graduate program that brought Drury students together with people staying at the Missouri Hotel, a homeless shelter operated by The Kitchen.

Since then, communication, education and human service graduate students have worked each summer with some Missouri Hotel residents to put together an art show.

She says she's seen participants gain hope through this project.

One of the projects the class did this year revolved around umbrellas.

The students brought plain umbrellas to the Kitchen where the residents were asked to decorate them.

Amy Evans is one of Burrell's students this year.

On Friday, Burrell and her class will celebrate another successful course with an art show and reception.

The event will begin at 2 p-m and will be held at the Missouri Hotel on Commercial Street.

The show is open to the public.